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Went hiking pain has uncreases

LittlefrogLLittlefrog Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in New Member Introductions
I am a 33yr old female, who has has back related issues since I was a preteen. Scoliosis and an L4-5 spondy grade 2-3, I am just looking for some support at the moment. Got married and went on a great honeymoon, we are an active couple so we went hiking in Spain. Boy am I hurting right now. We got home last night and the last 4-5 days have been pretty bad. I just don't know what to do, I saw a surgeon 2 years ago with my husband and he said "You will need surgery someday I suggest you do it when its convenient" At the point I was in daily pain but not at all bad, I just wanted to know If my back would effect carrying a child. So here I am on my couch back is very painful, im afraid my acitve life style will go away. Im sorry for the poor me. Has anyone out there had surgery? Had the pain go away? and been able to remain active?
Thanks for listening


  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You'll find a lot of great information throughout the site and the members of the forum are very friendly, knowledgeable and supportive.

    Although I never had scoliosis, I've had sponsylolisthesis, stenosis, facet swelling and loss of lubrication, as well as a bulging disk, all at L4/5. After conservative treatments such as injections with no help, I went in for a fusion at that level.

    I can say that it was a long recovery, but after a year later, I'm now in a job where I work daily, lift boxes, and am very active. I've had some additional mechanical pain in the last few months, but I tend to hurt myself by not wearing a brace when I lift and don't rest enough when I'm having a pain flair.

    But, it is possible to get back to an active lifestyle after lumbar surgery. Don't use what you read on these forums as a guide to what post-lumbar surgery is like - those that have had a successful surgery go on to live their lives and no longer post because they don't need the support offered here any longer.

    So, it's a bit misleading having mostly bad stories here. I can't tell you how many over the years I've been on this forum have had surgery and not longer come back - they're out living an active life.

    You're also young and in good shape, which will help you a lot. One thing I want to stress, however, is if you choose to have surgery, be sure you have 100% confidence in your surgeon. My preference is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, neuro or ortho (mine's ortho and did both cervical and lumbar), but one that only does surgery on the spine. They know best how to "get 'er done". :-)

    With that said, they'll probably try conservative measures first such as injections and PT, but if your surgeon knows you and depending on your MRI and/or CT scan, maybe not. But usually surgery is the very last resort.

    Take care and please keep us posted. Also feel free to ask any more questions. I have no doubt that if you do have to have surgery, you'll be able to get back out there and hike again with hubby, you just might have to do it a little differently or if you're lucky, you'll get back to your normal self.

  • Welcome to Spine-Health. :))) Even though you're in pain now, sounds like you had a wonderful honeymoon in Spain.

    It's especially frustrating when you're young and suffering with back pain because there's so much that you want to do and you have so much energy in the rest of your body.

    I'm retired, so much older than you, and had a fusion 19 months ago and I can now do most of what I want, but not for as long as I want; eg gardening. Sitting still for longer periods is still a "no no" but that's mainly due to wear and tear in the levels either side of my fusion. I'm very happy that I had a fusion because now I don't have that 24/7 excruciating pain in my legs. My surgeon aims for an 80% - 90% reduction in pain, and that's where I am.

    Would suggest that you see your doctor and get an MRI/CT scan done. As Cathie said, conservative measures will probably be tried first unless the scan indicates otherwise.

    If surgery is indicated, then you can be active afterwards. Recovery takes a long time and there are bending-lifting-twisting restrictions. You will always need to do core strengthening exercises for the rest of your life and your doctor and a physio can guide you with these.

    There are also a lot of success stories on this site and these people have moved on and don't need support.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • I already had back issues when i got married back in 1988. After geting married i think pain got even worse. So i got divorsed figured get rid of the heavy load might help but it was too late. Those were the good old days. Staying out geting drunk all nite, one nite stands. Oh wait that was last week sorry. I was not sure what to respond after reading about honeymoon and cath saying something about loosing lubrication lol.

    Congrats Laniebird and best wishes. Hopefully you can get the back issue sorted out maybe even without surgery. Staying in shape is important always with back issue but might have to adjust to the condition at hand. As my 1 st dr always said surgery is the last thing he recomends unless its a must cause they never sure of the outcome. After years i went against his recomendations having surgery by another dr and now i am sorry that i did. My back issue dates back to at least 1988 but i was doing much beter before surgery with some rest when needed and massage, accupuncture treatments, pool thearapy and such. Good luck. Alex,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are hurting so after what had to have been a great trip to spain!! it may be that now is the time to start the long trip into looking into treatment for your back pain.. it is a long journey and one you will want to be prepared for!! so good luck if that is the road the you decide to go down.. this is a great place for information and first hand information at that!! stop by anytime! there is always someone home! Jenny :)
  • LanieBird,

    I had what they called "double scoliosis" months after I crashed a helicopter, but my Neurologist (also trained in chiropractor) was able to fix that - still fixed from what I can see.

    I'm pending 2 surgeries on my back, so understand your pain. As for pregnancy and such, you need to sit down with your doctor and really go over it to be sure you can. My guess, you can, but you will have higher bouts of pain depending on the levels that are giving you problems (no kids here).

    Like Trish, I too am retired (last week was the 1 year mark!!), so older, almost 50, but still none of us need or want this pain and so forth. I would follow up with a spine specialist, go over your history, exam and tests and see where you are at. Hopefully surgery won't be on the table, but keep all options in mind. Please let us know how it goes.

    Alex...you are so bad! Bad boy, no doughnut for you silly!! (G)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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